Dry Cracked Hands
What are the symptoms of dry, cracked hands?
Hands are one of the most exposed areas of the body and show signs of dehydration rather quickly. The obvious signs are dryness and crepiness along with painful cracking and splitting on fingertips and knuckles. Overall skin can become rough, leathery and irritated.
What causes dry, cracked hands?
Dry, cracked hands can be a seasonal or a chronic problem. Harsh cold winter weather dehydrates hands that are exposed the most to the elements. Dry indoor heating reduces the humidity level even further and causes a severe lack of moisturization in skin. Frequent hand washing with harsh antibacterial soaps, hand sanitizing gels and exposure to household detergents coupled with hot water can strip the natural lipids in skin and cause severe dry out.
Tips for managing dry, cracked hands:
- Wash hands in warm, never hot water with a mild gentle cleanser
- Use antibacterial soap and hand sanitizers only when necessary
- Apply hand cream throughout the day, especially after hand washing to replenish moisture
- Wear gloves or mittens when going outdoors
- For severe dry, irritated and cracked hands, apply a rich balm formula at night and wear cotton gloves